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Innovative artist Toni Dove’s Embodied Machines and Bekky Buekes’ Black. White. Gold.

By Maggie Duffy, Times Staff Writer
Copywright Toni Dove, photo courtesy of Alice Murphy, media contact for the Ringling Museum. "Lucid Posession," video still, Theo and Bean Research the Ghost, 2013. Toni Dove will present a live performance of this interactive film.

Toni Dove: Embodied Machines

If you were feeling like your art viewing experiences haven’t been high-tech enough lately, the "Embodied Machines" exhibition opening at the Ringling Museum on Sunday will fill that void. It’s the first survey exhibition of the groundbreaking work of Toni Dove, who has been incorporating technology into her artwork since the 1990s. She’s credited as an innovator of interactive cinema, and in her films, actors are replaced by avatars and the audience gets partial control over the performance through virtual-reality type technology. Her body of work examines consumer culture and capitalism through the relationships between people and cyber landscapes. Throughout her career, Dove has collaborated not only with other visual artists and filmmakers but also robotics engineers and computer programmers. The exhibit includes interactive environments, video work and objects from her projects. She’ll also present live performances of two of her interactive films March 9 and April 13-14. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays, Fridays-Sundays; 10 a.m. to


8 p.m. Thursdays. 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Admission is $25, $23 seniors, $5 children/students, 5 and younger free. Free admission Mondays to art museum only.

Dark Side: Black. White. Gold.

Bekky Beukes paints large-scale, surrealist images where female figures and animals co-exist, sometimes in the same body. One of the qualities that makes them so striking are Beukes’ color palettes; whether bold, bright primaries or soft, subtle pastels, she handles the tones masterfully. But she’s breaking form with her new collection, "Black. White. Gold." Inspired by the divisiveness and darkness of 2017, the pieces only contain those three colors, and the female figures that were characterized by flowing hair and adorned with beautiful bits now seem like warriors ready for battle. The new collection, which also includes graphite, ink and gold sketches, is on display for one night only from 8-11 p.m. Friday at the Station House in St. Petersburg, 260 First Ave S. Also on display are works from photographer Deidra Leigh Kling. Beukes requests that attendees dress formally in black, white and gold.